With Thanksgiving fast-approaching, it’s time to prepare for football, family, and friends – and of course tons of food. In fact, Americans will spend almost $3 Billion on Thanksgiving food alone. Of all the types of food served on Thanksgiving, have you ever wondered which is best for your teeth? Check out our list of 4 popular holiday foods that won’t hurt your smile.
1. Broccoli Dishes
Whether raw as an appetizer or cooked as part of a broccoli dish, broccoli is a superfood that’s also beneficial to your smile. Like carrots and apples, it’s fibrous texture is excellent for scrubbing the teeth free of debris. Plus, it has a wide range of nutrients that make broccoli worthy of a spot on your Thanksgiving plate.
2. Green Beans in Sesame Oil
Did you know that sesame and coconut oil are known to kill the bacteria resting on the teeth? This means that they help fight cavities with each bite. If you’re bringing the vegetable this Thanksgiving, consider a basic mixture of fresh green beans flavored with herbs and cooked in coconut or sesame oil – it’s an excellent combination for your smile.
3. Homemade Cranberries
No Thanksgiving is complete without some cranberry mixture to add a burst of flavor to your turkey. While this may look like a dessert, if there is no added sugar involved, it’s actually one of the best dishes for your teeth. Cranberries not only have crucial vitamins, but they prevent bacteria from forming plaque on the teeth.
4. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are an undeniable superfood for various reasons, but their high Vitamin A content makes them an excellent choice for your smile. Vitamin A is instrumental in producing keratin which maintains the enamel of your teeth. Unfortunately, many sweet potato dishes contain added syrup or sugar, but homemade versions without sugar have dental benefits.
Happy Thanksgiving from Our North Arlington, NJ Dental Team!
While your teeth won’t be the first thing on your mind this Thanksgiving, it can help to know the difference between excellent dental foods and options that aren’t so good. As you feast with friends and family this Thanksgiving, our staff at Smile Design Specialist hopes you have a happy holiday! Contact us when it’s time to make your next dental appointment.